Three key decisions Jurgen Klopp has to make if Liverpool want to retain title

Jurgen Klopp has some big decisions to make if Liverpool want to overhaul Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

The Reds lost further ground on the league leaders as a brace from Ilkay Gundogan helped City to a comfortable 4-1 win at Anfield.

Gundogan blazed a penalty over the bar in the first half for City but made amends after the break to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Liverpool equalised from the spot through Mohamed Salah after Ruben Dias felled the Egyptian just inside the box.

But Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden all scored in the last 20 minutes to condemn the hosts to another home defeat.

Klopp has some big decisions to make if his side want to retain the title, and Daily Star Sport have 3 changes he can make straight away.

Bring in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies

Liverpool's title defence has been hindered in a big way by the loss of so many first choice centre-halves.

First Virgil van Dijk was ruled out until the end of the season, then they lost Joe Gomez and now Joel Matip is out too.

The Reds brought in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies on deadline day, but neither started in the defeat to City.

Instead, Klopp chose to continue with the makeshift defensive pairing of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.

That partnership has now had it's day, and Liverpool have genuine options to choose from at the centre of defence once again.

Klopp was reticent to start Kabak and Davies so soon after the pair joined the club, but Liverpool need their defensive knowhow and fast.

Settle on a midfield 3 again

One of Klopp's big successes in his time at Anfield has been the ability to name a settled team.

Although injuries have forced his hand this season, the German has tinkered unnecessarily with his midfield of late.

Liverpool have used different combinations in the middle in their last four matches against Spurs, West Ham, Brighton and City.

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  • Klopp needs people to know their jobs, and that familiarity in the centre of the pitch should help Liverpool's misfiring forwards too.

    In fact, by bringing Kozak and Davies in at the back, that could allow Henderson and Fabinho return to what they do best in midfield.

    Time to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold?

    Liverpool have bigger problems than Alexander-Arnold at the moment, but the right-back hasn't pulled up any trees of late all the same.

    The England international was exposed on a number of occasions byboth Sterling and Foden against Man City.

    And his performances in both a defensive and an attacking sense have been below where most people expect them to be.

    There's no shame in that for a 22-year-old player who has made a remarkable 81 appearances since the start of last season.

    But burnout and dips in form affect everyone – and no-one would begrudge Alexander-Arnold a well-earned break.

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